Religious Bodies and Others Push Against Women's Rights to More Accessible, Safer Abortion - Liberia
A number of senators have received a flood of correspondence from members of the public who are deeply concerned by the radical proposed change to abortion legislation in Liberia. The Public Health Bill, which includes the extreme abortion provision, is currently before the Senate.
Members of the public throughout Liberia are being encouraged to visit www.StopAbortionLiberia.com to ask their senators to ensure that the abortion section be removed from the Bill. Under Liberia's current law, abortion is allowed in exceptional circumstances - where the mother's life is at risk, rape/incest/felonious intercourse, and disability of the fetus. These are rare situations.
The abortion section in the Public Health Bill would scrap Liberia's current abortion law and replace it with a new law that allows abortion, for any reason, on demand, up to when the baby in the womb is at 14 weeks gestation.
Bishop Kortu K. Brown said: "Senators have received a flood of correspondence from members of the public who are deeply concerned by the proposed radical change to abortion legislation in Liberia."
"People throughout Liberia have been rightfully horrified by this abortion section in the Public Health Bill which will lead to the death of thousands of babies each year in Liberia". "It's time for Senators to listen to the people of Liberia and remove the abortion section in the Public Health Bill."
"A change from allowing abortion in exceptional circumstances to allowing abortion on demand would lead to the lives of thousands of innocent babies being lost to abortion in Liberia every single year."
"The extreme abortion provision in this Bill would introduce a drastic change to our legislation here in Liberia and would directly lead to the death of thousands of innocent babies through abortion in Liberia."
"Senators can avoid this mass loss of life now by removing this extreme abortion section from the Public Health Bill."
"Members of the public can take action now and contact senators via www.StopAbortionLiberia.com and ask them to remove the abortion section in the Public Health Bill.".
Most African countries prohibit abortion except in extreme circumstances, such as the life of the mother, rape/incest, and fetal disability. Most countries in the world likewise prohibit abortion except in extreme circumstances. Only a minority of countries allow abortion on demand.
The Swedish government and other foreign NGOs have been creating and funding organisations in Liberia (particularly the Amplifying Rights Network) to lobby for the legalization of abortion.
Source: New Dawn